Mental Health Counseling: Help Your Seniors Benefit

Mental Health Counseling: Help Your Seniors Benefit

It is usually the adult child who realizes that their father, mother, or loved one is suffering from agitation, depression, anxiousness or a significant change of mood. Now, these changes are usually caused by the death of a family member or spouse, financial problems, early dementia, or changes in health and mobility.

For instance, once the issue is brought up, “Mom, I think you may need some advice,” the screams of the brakes are almost very loud, while the old people inexorably deny a problem or think that you are too far in your assessment. Your superior’s reaction is understandable. The present senior/elderly population is a generation that has learned to “move on” when life becomes difficult. As a result, it is normal for today’s seniors to try to solve a mood disorder themselves.

How to help your senior to receive help

This “current generation” do not accept easily or readily see the need for help, especially when using the words “mental health”. In its generational language, Mental health can also mean “crazy”. It is therefore logical that an elderly person who already feels vulnerable is neither considered nor referred to as seeking mental health care. How do you assist your father to get help?

1. Devise your own terminology.

Instead of making use of the terminology “mental health”, attempt to use words that fit the situation, such as “Mom, let’s seek assistance with dad’s demise”, “Let us see how you can feel better.” or “I do think both of us need some support emotionally”, “I think there is need to speak to a consultant, why not accompany me?”

2. Help your manager go through the system

If you give the phone number of a counseling clinic to your supervisor, chances are you will not go anywhere. Help your supervisor go through the system. Consult your doctor or local counseling centers to understand better what available services there are. Find out the extent of Medicare coverage and its supplementary insurance at If you can find a home-based counseling service, consider this option so that your adult will not drive or be ashamed to visit a psychiatric hospital.

3. Help your boss by being there

If an advisor offers an internal service or consultation appointment, if possible, you should go to the clinic to meet with your supervisor. You can also ask your supervisor if you want to attend the first meeting to reduce stress, and you can share your observations with the consultant on request.

4. What happens if the strategy 1, 2 and 3 does not work?

If your elder refuses to help him with his mood, you have a choice. If possible, spend a little more time with your supervisor or, if you are not around, interview a friend who sees him every week. Help your seniors find new friends by introducing them to their seniors center. Ask staff for ideas to involve their supervisor. If your older child is in an older community, call the social worker and/or activity director in person and have them work with your parents to get them involved.